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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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  • My favorite Christmas story
    My mom always had us decorating the inside of the house, beautiful Christmas music and a big to-do with decorating our tree. It always felt magical growing up. We still go out and pick our tree then all get together a pack the Christmas tree with decade old ornaments. It's wonderful.
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    Richmond, Indiana
  • Biography
    Just a young Christmas enthusiast trying to grow my display!
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    Crafts, decorating, displays, keeping busy!
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    Administrative Assistant
  • About my display
    I bought my first home in November 2015 and immediately realized the opportunity at hand. No one in my family had ever decorated outside the home, but we had a long-running tradition of seeing lights EVERY year. And I thought, why can't I do that?

    So I did.

    We started with several small cheap lighted frames, a free artificial tree, some string lights and lots of lighted in-ground candy canes. Each year we add more lights, bigger displays. My favorite are animated displays which is what I'd like to continue to add. We have two currently, the newest is a 5 ft dancing frosty the snowman. I'm ecstatic!

    Our goal: make it magical!

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  1. I'm looking for suggestions or ideas on how to decorate...well a hill! In past years, we've used it to make a multi function "flowing" waterfall/stream, as well as pinned rope light into the hill to write "peace on earth" with a moving shooting star that sits on top of it. I wanted to move some things around this year, because we have a couple new items and continue to grow our collection...but I simply can't think of anything else to do with the hill. I can't leave it bare, I know that! It's not terribly steep, but we do have a hard time keeping decorations from falling over on the hill in the wet, windy Indiana winter. Any other with hills? What have you done? Tia!
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